MUSHROOMFEST … It has been a year of losses for the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Two of the event’s founders are gone — Dr. Emanuel “Manny” Salzman and Gary Lincoff — and two of its spiritual teachers, Julieta Casimiro Estrada and Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein … Gratitude for the blessing…

 Hi my name is Penguin. As a former “lost cat,” I am wrapping up this Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column series on tips to find your lost pet. I am following up last’s weeks “Psyche of the lost dog” with a little Freudian (or would it be Skinner?) look at how understanding cat behavior …

This Second Chance Humane Society Pet Column continues the topic of tips on finding a lost pet. Last week, we discussed the immediate steps you should take if you have lost a pet. Today, I am going to help you understand the unique behavior of a lost dog as we demonstrate distinct patterns o…

Being a lost pet really is frightening and traumatizing for both the pet and the pet parent. As we are in the height of “lost pet season” (there are lost pet reports coming in to the shelter almost daily right now) the Second Chance Pet Column will be focusing on this topic the next few week…

PERICLES … I love our local community theater troupe, Telluride Theatre. I love that they continue the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park. And I wish I wasn’t on a fixed Social Security income so I could buy a nameplate for one of their chairs … The Greeks knew that theater was absolutely …

To some, the thought of a film festival about dogs is met with a laugh or an incredulous remark. To other people, it is embraced and cheered. I have to say, as a homeless dog, thank goodness for the latter group of people. They are the ones that rooted, cried, chuckled and howled during Sund…

THE VALLEY … Producer Ron Melmon has teamed up with Bryan Reinhart, Christopher S. Johnson and Stash Wislocki to do a documentary on the condemnation and purchase of the Valley Floor. As one of those interviewed and having seen a pre-release cut, it’s hard not to get emotional about what the…

Second Chance Humane Society regularly receives calls from pet parents seeking assistance in providing needed medical care for their pet. Unexpected pet illnesses and injuries can be a serious financial challenge for many families with pets. As a preventative measure, Second Chance recommend…

ELECTIONS … Delighted that Lance won the Dem primary locally for San Miguel County Commissioner. I think he will follow ably in the footsteps of Commissioner Joan May in representing the Telluride/Mountain Village region … And I hope his challenger Paul Reich stays involved. Perhaps Paul wil…

Like most people, dogs love summer, but not the summer heat. But it is often forgotten that dogs have a tougher time coping with heat than people do. Just think about how uncomfortable you would be if you could only shed heat through your tongue and the pads on your feet (in addition to bein…

DROUGHT … All minds turn to water in times like these … Gifted by Fall Creek’s Ken Stack, I’m reading the excellent Edward Dolnick account of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 first descent of the Colorado River, Down the Great Unknown (Harper Collins, 2001). It’s a classic. Marvelous research. Grea…

To continue the topic of Second Chance Humane Society’s Pet Column from last week on emergency preparedness. I will be reviewing how to create a pet emergency kit that can be quickly grabbed, if the need arises. As the potential for fire-driven evacuation increases throughout Colorado, I am …

DR. DAVID … “An enigma,” Telluride’s Michael Saftler called him, standing as we were in the brilliant late spring green of Lone Tree Cemetery, holding a sprig of purple lilac as talking stick, entranced by an angelic blue sky, Ballard Peak and the mysterious folds of Bear Creek Basin ... “Mi…

Mostly the Second Chance Pet Column focuses on suggesting ways its readers can all be better pet parents, or just better people in general, but this week we are going to focus on helping two homeless pets in need. We may possibly even pull on a heart string or two, but not in a pathetic or m…

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POST PINOCHET CHILE … I never expected to visit Chile. Although, my oldest daughter did live in Santiago for six months on a tech grant several years ago. And my youngest son hiked the new Parque Patagonia on a Telluride Mountain School experiential trip last year. The Doug Tompkins-funded c…

Like humans, the biggest organ of an animal’s body is the skin. And sometimes your pets have as much trouble with their skin as you do with yours, like itching. There are so many things that can cause an animal to itch: parasites (blech!), food allergies, plant allergies, shampoo allergies, …

I just watched a fun animated kid’s movie called “Boss Baby,” in which Baby Corp. (you know… the corporation that makes babies and delivers them to families) was deeply concerned about the competition they were seeing from pets.  The Baby Corp. executives were worried that pets were going to…